The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

April 24, 2013

Tigers earn home playoff game with victory over Wolves

NORMAN — Though it did not come with a district championship, the Norman High boys still capped off their finest regular season in some time with, maybe, their finest game of that regular season Tuesday night at Harve Collins Field.

Absolutely frigid, with temperatures in the mid 30s and an even colder wind blowing across the pitch, the Tigers came out like they’d been waiting for just such conditions all season.

It added up to a very consequential 2-0 victory over third-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, one that has the Tigers playing at home on Friday, the first night of the Class 6A playoffs.

Unclear is whether or not that game will be played at Gordon Drummond Field or Harve Collins Field, but the way things went against the Wolves, the Tigers might not mind staying on campus for another 80 minutes.

“It both surprised and pleased me, to put it mildly,” said NHS coach Gordon Drummond, who secured his 324th victory at the Tiger helm, “but we were very aggressive in a way we had not been.”

If there’s a knock on fourth-ranked NHS (12-1, 6-1 District 6A-1), it has been a collective lack of urgency. As Drummond went on to point out in his postgame comments, five times this season the Tigers have taken a lead only to give it back over the next 9 minutes.

That didn’t happen against Santa Fe.

In just the third minute, Theo Ostas placed a corner kick to the head of Haydn Jones, who was stoned from point-blank range by Santa Fe keeper Chris Morgensen. Only it didn’t matter because Jorge Briones was there to pinball the ball into the back of the net.

About 10 minutes later, off another expertly placed Ostas corner kick, Matt Hockett whipped a header past Morgensen, doubling NHS’ advantage.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • T-Wolves take over late

    EDMOND — Had it ended the way it looked like it was going to end, Norman North boys coach Geo Claros was prepared not to be too upset. He liked the way his team was staying after it, even if he didn’t like how it continued a season-long ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fuller Westmoore's Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014

  • Tigers suffer smashing loss to Stillwater in second meeting

    Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback....

    April 16, 2014